“With all the respect in the world for [Rep.] Cori Bush, that is not the position of the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, referring to the Missouri Democrat who said last week she will continue to use the phrase in midterm messaging. “Make no mistake: Community safety is our responsibility.”
Pelosi went a beat further, paraphrasing Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., a 33-year-old freshman House member whom Pelosi described as “way on the left”: “Defund the police is dead.”
The comments came just 10 days after President Joe Biden traveled to New York City to associate himself with the new crime-fighting efforts of Mayor Eric Adams, a former police officer. At that event, Biden declared, “The answer is not to defund the police.”
Those on the left are fuming, MSNBC writer Ja’han Jones wrote that Pelosi’s dismissal of defunding the police is “insulting.”
Pelosi’s pivot is a desperate move to stop the bleeding before the midterms however, it will be to no avail. The 30th Democrat congressional member, Rep. Kathleen Rice announced that she is not going to run for reelection.
With Joe continuing to drive America into the ground Democrats are willing to fight, they are jumping from a sinking ship.